- any of several small, cardueline finches, especially Carduelis spinus, of Europe.
Compare pine siskin.
Origin of siskin
1555–65; < Middle Dutch sijsken, equivalent to sijs (< Middle Low German czītze < Slavic; compare Lusatian cyž, Czech číž, Polish czyż siskin, ultimately of imitative orig.) + -ken -kin
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Examples from the Web for siskin
A longtime Murdoch loyalist and former News Corp. general counsel, Siskin has been a director at the company for 20 years.News Corp.’s Motley Board
Nick Summers, R.M. Schneiderman
July 21, 2011
I once came on a considerable flock of the rare bird, the siskin.The Forest of Dean
H. G. Nicholls
Their beaks were light and very pointed, and they had forked tails like the siskin.Everyday Adventures
This bird is the size of the siskin, and four inches in length.
This bird will pair with the canary, siskin, linnet, or goldfinch.
They were about the size of the English siskin; and I judged the two to be male and female.Oregon and Eldorado
- a yellow-and-black Eurasian finch, Carduelis spinus
- pine siskin a North American finch, Spinus pinus, having a streaked yellowish-brown plumage
C16: from Middle Dutch sīseken, from Middle Low German sīsek; related to Czech čižek, Russian chizh
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